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Great Lakes A School Q&A


Great Lakes A School Q&A

The purpose of this group is to allow family of new sailors assigned to school at Training Support Center Great Lakes a chance to voice questions to a Student Division Commander

Location: Great Lakes, IL
Members: 2038
Latest Activity: 3 hours ago

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Started by Christine. Last reply by Anti M 3 hours ago. 3 Replies

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Comment by Jana on September 25, 2014 at 6:58pm

Hi my son is an IC Interior Communications he has been in the NAVY for a little over 1 year. If you have a Sailaor thats an IC heres a great group to join   

Love  to connect to other IC families

All the best to those in A school The Journey continues


Comment by Nicole_66 on September 21, 2014 at 6:00pm

Thank you both!

Comment by Anti M on September 21, 2014 at 4:05pm

He can put in a special request chit to trade duty... in writing is always the best way to go, a verbal Yes doesn't cut it if the guy he trades with messes up.  Should not be a problem to get it signed.

Comment by diane on September 21, 2014 at 3:10pm

Nicole_66, he can ask his section leader if he can trade duty days for that day with somebody who will not be going.

Comment by Nicole_66 on September 21, 2014 at 2:54pm

Hey everyone I have a quick question! My fiancé just finished up is A school in Great Lakes and will be there for a while longer. Their Navy ball is coming up and I would really like to go. Unfortunately, his duty day falls on the same day as the ball. Does anyone know if he will still be able to go? I was thinking maybe they make accommodations for the sailors that have duty that day so that all of them have a chance to go. I really don't know how that works but I would appreciate the input, thanks guys!

Comment by GRU took darsatm ⚓ on September 16, 2014 at 2:21am

Crystal, if you can't get any info from his father then perhaps you could contact his recruiter who might be able to get u some info or at least his rate=job which would help us to be able to help you...

Comment by Anti M on September 15, 2014 at 2:43pm

Crystal, do you know what rating he will be?  What job he signed a contract for?  There are a couple answers which involve differing amounts of time at Great Lakes.  Do you know if he is going to more schooling in San Diego, or if that will be his duty station?  Sorry, there isn't enough info to give an estimate.  

Comment by Lorena on September 15, 2014 at 2:42pm

Hi Crystal,

It all depends on his rating, my son spent 90 days (excluding holidays and weekends) on A School before heading to Norfolk, Va.... Take care!!

Comment by Crystal proud Navy mom14 on September 15, 2014 at 2:09pm
Yes so how soon do they go to A school? My son just graduated from be on Friday sept 12. Only talk to him for like 5 mins. He said he will be going across the street from where he was for bc. Then after that he will go to San Diego. So how long does all this take? I don't have no information his division or anything. My sailor never gave me anything his dad that he lived with got all that. He never gave me it either. I didn't get that change to see my son off at meps or got invited to the graduate either. Just trying to get information so I can write him.
Comment by Pollux on September 2, 2014 at 7:30pm

Drews Mom: Is he in Great Lakes? If so, unless you have a military ID to get onto base, there are no "surprises" for obvious security reasons and you will not be to just show up and get onto the base; he would have to sponsor you to get on. Plus, the "A" School grad at Great Lakes are merely a simple ceremony where an instructor hands them each a certificate, pose for a photo, hear a speech, and they're done within 15-20 minutes, some even less than that. It's rare for families to attend the grads as it's more just for the Sailors. You're best bet would be to wait for him to surprise you. :)


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